Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday that the city's facing a $635 million budget shortfall next fiscal year.Emanuel told reporters the budget deficit isn't anything new. He didn't directly criticize former Mayor Richard Daley, but Emanuel said the issue is long-term and structural."
Illinois is down to just reading and arithmetic. Writing skills will no longer be tested during the state's standardized exams for high school juniors every spring. The Chicago Tribune reports that eliminating the writing exams will save about $2.4 million amid the state's bud
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives gave themselves another extension to cobble together a federal budget. Congress now has through April 8 to get its financial house in order. Otherwise the government will shut down.The latest extension proposes another $6 billion in cuts.
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn said cuts to state-funded drug and alcohol rehab centers won't be as deep as originally feared. Quinn's office had proposed major financial cuts to social services. But Quinn said the cuts aren't final yet."It's a dialogue. It's an ongoing process.
Cook County’s health system says it will cut about 300 positions in fiscal 2011. But a nurses union is threatening to strike over the plan. The cash-strapped county’s Health and Hospitals System has been shrinking its payroll for years.